It’s not easy being stuck in a hospital bed while the world moves on around you — especially when you’re a kid. So Children’s Mercy Hospital has developed a new way for patients to see what’s going on outside: a remote-controlled robot.
The robot, named REX, will be on the field before Wednesday night’s Sporting KC game against Seattle, giving patients the chance to feel like they are at Children’s Mercy Park and even interact with the players via a webcam.
REX, which is short for Remote Experience, consists of an iPad mounted on a post that’s connected to a Segway-like wheeled base. Patients can control where it goes and what it sees using another smart tablet back at the hospital.
Kaylee Brown, a 15-year-old with cystic fibrosis, got to test out the robot at a previous Sporting game before its official debut Wednesday night.